Pineal vasotocin: REM sleep dependent release into cerebrospinal fluid of man.

Abstract

Lumbar cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of seven healthy male volunteers contains detectable levels of arginine vasotocin (AVT) when CSF was removed after awakening from rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. No detectable levels of AVT were found in the CSF of the same subjects when CSF WAS removed after awakening from non rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. The amount of AVT detected in CSF after REM sleep was significantly higher if the subjects experienced vivid and emotive dreams. The present results provide the first evidence for a REM sleep dependent release of AVT into CSF of man.

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@article{Pavel1979PinealVR, title={Pineal vasotocin: REM sleep dependent release into cerebrospinal fluid of man.}, author={Svec Pavel and Rosalyn Goldstein and LauraM. Popoviciu and O T Corfariu and Annam{\'a}ria F{\"{o}ldes and Emily A. Farkas}, journal={Waking and sleeping}, year={1979}, volume={3 4}, pages={347-52} }